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Annual Report 

...TO THE... 

Trustees of Shaw University 

...AND TO THE... 

Corresponding Secretary of the 

American Baptist Home 

Mission Society 





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Raleigh. N. C, May 31, 1916 
I submit herewith my twenty-second Annual Report, which 
is the fifty-first since the establishment ofthe institution. The 
financial crisis through which the nation has been passing has 
added largely to the burdens of administration. Notwith- 
standing the financial problems, the end of the year shows a 
small balance on the right side. A united faculty and har- 
monious student body have made the year pleasant and suc- 
cessful. The student body has been composed in the main of 
a fine type of young men and young women who have recog- 
nized their obligations to themselves, to their teachers, to the 
institution and to their Maker. 

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES.— Early in the year Rev. C. E 
Askew, D. D., pastor ofthe First Baptist Church of Raleigh, 
conducted for a week a special series of evangelistic meetings. 
The attendance, though voluntary, was large, and the meet- 
ings were participated in with deep interest by both teachers 
and students. It was a very quiet work of grace that resulted 
in the quickening of the religious life of the institution and 
the conversion of nearly all who were not professing Christians. 
The Young Men's Christian Association and the Young 
Women's Christian Association and the Hayes-Fleming Mis- 
sionary Society have made themselves felt. The voluntary 
Bible study classes have been carried on by the Young Men's 
Christian Association under the direction of Prof. W C. Craver. 
The Hayes-Fleming Missionary Society has maintained Mis- 
sion study classes. The work in Sunday School teacher-train- 
ing has also received constant attention, under the faithful 

instruction of Prof. W. C. Craver and Miss Elsie M. Bryant. 
Diplomas were awarded on Commencement day to all who had 
completed the course in teacher-training study. It is interest- 
ing to note that a devoted leader in Christian work, whose 
knowledge extends throughout the entire South, remarked to 
me some months ago that there was only one other institution 
where the religious activities and Christian atmosphere were 
on so high a plane as at Shaw University. I mention this not 
in a boasting spirit, but in humble recognition of God's guid- 
ing hand and the spirit of service on the part of the teachers 
and leading students, who have been striving to do their Mas- 
ter's will. 

Community service has also received considerable attention. 
During seasons of inclement weather and at other times the 
older students have sought out the poor and needy in the 
vicinity of the institution, and been the means of alleviating 
much suffering. A teacher-training Sunday School, made up 
of children from the city who would not otherwise attend any 
Sunday School, has been carried on under the direction of 
Miss Bryant, Miss Lennon and others. 

Quite a number of the older students taught classes in the 
Sunday Schools connected with the churches in the city and 
immediate vicinity. 

HEALTH. — There has been no epidemic and very little 
sickness. The health conditions of the institution have been 
good. The quality of the city water has been improved and is 
now of the very best. 

NEW COURSES OF STUDY.— The new four years' B. S. 
course in medicine is proving successful. Two were graduated, 
and it is expected that the attendance in this department next 
year will be considerably larger. 

I renew my recommendation for the establishment of a school 

of Dentistry. A school of Dentistry can be operated without 
much additional expense, for several subjects that must be 
taken in a course of Dentistry are already given in the courses 
in Medicine and Pharmacy. 

The practice school had an enrollment of sixty and made 
commendable progress. Miss Anna E. Foster, the teacher in 
charge, did excellent work, and the indications are for a larger 
attendance next year. The closing exercises on the campus 
under the broad spreading sycamore tree attracted a large 
audience and were very successful. 

Work has already beguu in a small way in the changes in 
the Medical dormitory. The Executive Board of the Baptist 
State Convention are to raise two thousand dollars for these 
improvements, and considerable progress has been made. 
When this building is remodelled, as planned, it will make a 
very suitable and comfortable home for the Theological 

FINANCES. — I made the statement in my last Annual 
Report that the year ended May 31, 191 5, had been the hardest 
that I had known in my long experience in educational work. 
The year ending May 31, 1916, was, if possible, harder 
financially than the preceding. So many parents were out of 
work, and in some sections of the State the crops were so short 
it made it very difficult for them to meet their obligations. It 
is greatly to their credit that the year has closed with only a 
comparatively small sum due from the students. 

I began early in April to seek members for the Shaw Uni- 
versity Semi-centennial Commencement Club, but when I 
found later on that the Executive Board of the United Baptist 
Education and Missionary Convention of North Carolina wished 
to hold a rally at the May Commencement, I ceased soliciting. 
I have informed those who have already contributed that I 

should change over to "The Shaw University Christmas Club,'" 
and request contributions to be sent in during the holidays. 
This will leave Commencement week free tor the operations 
of the Executive Board of the State Convention. Superinten- 
dent Brink approves of this change in plans. We had already 
received quite a sum and a complete report will be made early 
in the next calendar year. The work of raising funds has been 
interrupted somewhat by the illness of Dr. E. M. Brawley, 
pastor of the White Rock Baptist Church. Durham, X. C, who 
had the matter in charge. Dr. A. M. Moore, treasurer, who 
is deeply interested, reports that while the money is not all 
in, progress is being made and he believes the full sum will 
be realized. 

It is an occasion for profound gratitude that notwithstanding 
the financial stringency, all bills have been paid and the debt 
has been reduced from three thousand to two thousand dollars. 
The interest on the debt has been promptly met, and two hun- 
dred and thirty-three dollars paid in purchasing for Shaw Uni- 
versity the life right of Haywood Barbee, in the estate of the 
late Mary Barbee. In other words, if there had been no debt, 
and had it not been necessary to protect Shaw University by 
purchasing the life right referred to, there would have been a 
surplus of a little more than one thousand five hundred dollars, 
a condition in marked contrast with that of a number of in- 
stitutions who closed the year with a deficit. 

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS.— The physical conditions are 
better than they were a year ago. The Administration Build- 
ing, Estey and Shaw have been painted and floors laid in the 
halls of the first two stories of Estey. New floors are needed in 
nearly all the buildings, for they have not been renewed since 
the buildings were erected many years ago. Some sanitary 

conveniences, installed in the hospital, can be removed to Shaw 
Hall to meet the demands there. 

The changes contemplated in the hospital building will 
make this a home for the College department, and provide 
ample facilities for the library and reading room. 

HIGHER SALARIES. — I renew my recommendations 
made several times for an increase in salaries. In view of the 
greatly increased cost of living it will not be possible for us to 
retain indefinitely some of our most valuable teachers. Were 
it not for their love of Shaw University and the Home Mission 
Society, some would have gone elsewhere years ago. 

GRADUATION. — These requirements, put into effect two 
years ago, have proven very satisfactory. Some feared that 
the result would be a decreased attendance, but notwithstand- 
ing the hard times, the number of institutions of higher grade 
in North Carolina, and the doing away of our departments of 
Law and the four years' course in Medicine, we had an in- 
crease in attendance. The enrollment in all departments out- 
side the practice school was three hundred and six, and with 
the practice school three hundred and sixty-six. At this rate 
of increase it will not be long before the dormitory accommo- 
dations will all betaken. 

of the action of the Executive Board of the Baptist State Con- 
vention in raising funds to remodel the Medical dormitory as a 
home for the Theological school, the building, only partially 
completed and originally intended for the Theological depart- 
ment, should be completed as soon as funds can be secured, 
and used for a Gymnasium and Young Men's Christian Asso- 
ciation. This will fill two long-felt wants. Graduates of 


Shaw ought to rouse themselves and raise money to bring 
about this desired result. 

SUMMER SCHOOL.— There ought to be each year a sum- 
mer school. The facilities for such a school, together with 
the central location in the capital city, one of the most beauti- 
ful cities of the South, would make the school successful, if it 
could be properly financed. Hampton and other institutions 
cannot accommodate all who wish to attend a summer school. 
I am confident that a summer school with a good corps of 
teachers and low charges could do a wonderful amount of 

MISCELLANEOUS. — There has been a fine degree of har- 
mony and co-operation on the part of the members of the 
faculty, and the students have also shown a fine spirit of co- 
operation. I have never seen the students take such interest 
in the institution. Two or three departments had special 
meetings and pledged more than six hundred dollars for im- 
provements. Some of it cannot be paid until they graduate, 
but the beautiful feature of the whole affair was that it was 
entirely voluntary. They held meetings and provided refresh- 
ments at their own expense and invited the teachers to meet 
and rejoice with them. 

There are many needs to be met, such as a suitable gateway 
at the entrance, a suitable fence along South Street, permanent 
benches or seats on various parts of the campus. A clock 
should be installed in the tower of Shaw Hall, and drinking 
fountains in each of the dormitories and at suitable places 
on the campus. 

SEMI-CENTENNIAL. — Shaw University began its career 
in the autumn of 1865, and it was thought proper to observe 
at the las* Commencement the semi-centennial of its founding. 

The special observance was in charge of the Alumni Asso- 
ciation, under the direction of Col. James H. Young, presi- 
dent. The exercises were of a high order, and passed off 
successfully. The procession on the campus on the afternoon 
of Wednesday, May 10th, was composed of a large number of 
graduates. Many classes were represented and the attendance 
of graduates and former students was larger than ever before in 
the history of Shaw Commencements. The banquet in the 
University dining hall in the evening was largely attended 
and greatly enjoyed. 

The exercises on the campus around the last resting place 
of Dr. Henry Martin Tupper, the founder and first President, 
were very impressive. 

The Executive Board of the Baptist State Convention met 
on Wednesday and unanimously passed resolutions commend- 
ing the administration of the institution, and pledging loyal 
support. The Commencement of 1916 was the largest ever 
held and means much for the future. 

I append herewith my financial report, a copy of which has 
already been forwarded to Mr. F. T. Moulton, Treasurer. 

Annual Financial Report of Shaw University to the 
American Baptist Home Mission Society 




From tuition, board, room rent $15,054 62 

Books sold to students 531 60 

Old accounts 299 00 

Contributions from White Churches, etc. 123 00 


Contributions from Negro Churches, etc 352 73 

Am. Bapt. Home Mission Society 13,936 47 

Women's Home Mission Societies, Chicago... 1,050 00 

Slater Fund 2,000 00 

All other sources not included in above 2,856 48 

Students' deposits 1,010 71 

Teachers' Board 156 00 

Diplomas and certificates 141 00 

Sewing, Millinery and Domestic Science Depts. 75 1 7 

Total receipts $37,586 78 


Boarding Department: 

Food supplies $ 4,802 67 

Other supplies 31 08 

Wages 800 43 

Miscellaneous 48 89 

Department of Instruction: 

Salaries 15,295 77 

Educational supplies 880 43 

Miscellaneous 321 82 

Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds: 

Heat, Light and Power 2,224 87 

Wages 2,851 36 

Repairs and renewals 920 78 

Miscellaneous 632 76 

General Expenses: 

Office salaries 864 75 

Postage, stationery and catalogs 777 14 

Traveling 572 46 

Miscellaneous 7,627 01 


Athletic Association (Fees) 296 73 

Students' withdrawals 1,010 71 

Prizes 59 50 

Library 9 10 

Paid on note Citizens National Bank 100 00 

Interest on note 72 00 

Administration building 100 00 

Theological Fund 40 00 

Fees returned 266 68 

Hayes-Fleming Missionary Society 30 00 

Am. Bapt. Home Mission Society 38 00 

Total expenditures. $40,674 89 


Balance in treasury beginning of year__$ 3,562 32 
Receipts during year 37,586 78 

Total $41,149 10 

Disbursements during year 40,674 89 

Balance in treasury end of year 474 21 

Total $41,149 10 


From students for tuition and board $ 164 95 

Benedict College 260 00 

L. S. Matthews & Co 40 00 


Note Citizens National Bank, Raleigh $2,400 00 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles Frances Meserve,